As one of the participants in the Teachers Pay Teachers Author Inauguration Day FREEBIE EVENT that was held on January 20, 2017, I and many TpT sellers have got together to create free teaching resources.  These free…

## How to Teach Geography in a Fun Way

Does anyone teach Geography anymore?  Why can’t students look at a map and recognize the state they live in?  The country they live in?  The continent they live on?  Do they at least recognize the…

## Here’s Not 1 Back to School Tip But 7!

Can you smell the dry erase markers yet?  Are you hearing phantom bells ringing?  Are you practicing getting up early again?  Yep, soon it will be that time of year again when teachers are preparing…

## Spotlight Focus on the History of Our Rights Part 2

I’m so excited to share this next part of how I taught these units which focused on the history of our rights.  The digital age is here in the form of DIGITAL INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOKS.  What…

## Google Slides: Is the Future Paperless?

I’ve always considered myself a Technophile because I’ve always been intrigued by technology.  When I was a kid (and still to this day), Star Trek had a big influence on my life because it showed a…

## Wednesday Window Into My Class: Comparing Fractions

Let’s face it, fractions are hard.  And it is very hard for 8 year olds to conceptually see fraction sizes to compare them.  So what’s a teacher to do?  Bring out the manipulatives! I am…

## Math Tip Monday: Place Value in Third Grade

By the time students arrive in third grade, the explicit teaching of place value is not reflected in the Common Core State Standards.  In fact, place value is very much ignored by the Common Core…

## Wednesday Window Into My Classroom

Every Wednesday I plan to give a little peak into my classroom to show you what we are learning.  Just a few pictures and a few examples. Click on READ MORE below to read the…

By third grade we hope that most of our third graders know most of their addition and subtraction facts from memory.  But usually they don’t.  So do we spend precious math time drilling and killing…

## How to get Students to Study the Multiplication Facts

If you’re a third grade teacher, you know that multiplication is that gateway math skill needed to do any higher level math taught in grades 4 and above.  Without knowing how to multiply, students would…

## Math Tip Monday September Number Sense Grade 3

Math Tip Monday September:  Number Sense Rounding.  What teacher doesn’t dread having to teach rounding.  As a third grade teacher, I have been accustomed to receiving 2nd graders who had exposure in learning how to…

## Math Tip Monday August Back to School Math Ideas

If it’s Monday, it must be a Math Tip! As a third grade teacher, I want to know the math levels of my students who are coming into a new school year.  I want to…

## How to ROCK ClassDojo!

Don’t worry, if you’re still Old School and use a behavior chart or still write a student’s name on the board, this post is still for you!  Please read to the end to see the…